# Effective emissivity

A real body at temperature T does not emit with the black body emissive power $\sigma\cdot{T^4}$ but rather with some fraction $\epsilon$.

The total emittances for a variety of surfaces is given in the following table which is an extract from the slides Radiative heat transfer for the course Heat transfer by John Richard Thome (EPFL, 2008).

Symbol
$\epsilon_{rad}$
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